For Dream New York, Colin Snapp questions the mechanics of modern perception. Entering the work through the artist’s itinerate interest in image capture two subjects are instantly recognisable; nature and technology. The importance of how one affects the other becomes apparent when considering his focus upon the mediated experience. Portrayed is the artist’s examination of the retina’s detachment to experience that is not damning but composed, exploring the progressively relevant topic of intervention in modern viewing.
Two excerpts of the video work Panorama, 2012 and new TC Studies, an ongoing series of single edition large-scale photographs are presented in what, may-or-may-not be, a real and physical exhibition.
Engaging and poetic to the eye the works are a fictionalised version of a tourists view, via video in nature. The TC Studies are photographs of tilting video camera flip screens capturing a specific moment anchored in time, their ephemerality frozen, recorded and contained. The many facets of natural flora reduced to a flat surface now seen on a screen then rephotographed once more adds a second view point depicting multiple levels of viewing, and in turn multiple levels from the source. An image on a small flat screen is reinstated as 180 centimetre tall macro photos of glass pixels; if time in nature is filtered through technology then it is Snapp’s ability to transform this back into a state both sculptural and organic that delivers a destabilising reversal.
Panorama, 2012 speaks most clearly to the themes of a disconnected experience in nature. A single-channel video of 37 minutes, the work examines tourists entering and passing through the recognisable wildlife of the Pacific North-West of America’s national parks. We see the walkways working to keep the tourist from their emersion in awe-inspiring nature, yet automatically and almost as if a requirement, the tourists add another partition by placing a screen between themselves and their attention. As such they have inadvertently reduced a 360 degree vantage point to no-more-than a 10 centimetre wide LCD display.
Colin Snapp, born 1982 in Lopez Island WA, USA, lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Recent solo shows have been held at Galerie Allen, Paris; The Journal, New York; Unosunove Gallery, Rome and a solo presentation at NYABF at MoMA PS. His work has been included in group exhibitions at Hauser and Wirth, New York; Mission Road Gallery, Los Angeles; Ibid Projects, London and Los Angeles; Whitney Museum of Art, New York; The New Museum, New York. Colin Snapp also has a collaborative output as Jules Marquis with artist Daniel Turner.
Colin Snapp, ‘Panorama’ (excerpt), 2012, 16:9 Video with Audio, 37′
Colin Snapp, ‘Panorama’ (excerpt), 2012, 16:9 Video with Audio, 37″